Federal Deputy Eduardo Bolsonaro (PSL-SP) is the third member of the presidential delegation that traveled to New York to participate in the General Assembly of the United Nations to be infected with covid-19. This Friday, the 03 son of President Jair Bolsonaro went to social networks to confirm the diagnosis. “We know that vaccines were made faster than standard. I took the 1st dose of Pfizer and contracted covid,” he wrote. Temporarily leaving aside the anti-vaccine speech that is a hallmark of the presidential clan, the congressman attacked the requirement of a health passport, which requires the presentation of proof of immunization to carry out certain activities: “Does this mean that the vaccine is useless? I do not believe. But it is one more argument against the health passport”, said the deputy.
In addition to Eduardo, the minister of Health, Marcelo Queiroga, and a diplomat from the delegation also had a positive diagnosis for the disease. The entire group of more than 18 people who traveled to New York was placed in isolation on the recommendation of the National Health Surveillance Agency (Anvisa). Queiroga is serving his quarantine in a hotel in the American city where he must stay for two weeks, following the current protocols. Bolsonaro, who has been in Brazil since Wednesday, has canceled face-to-face appointments to ship online.
To complete the team of those infected by covid-19 in the Government, the Minister of Agriculture, Tereza Cristina, and Bruno Bianco, Minister of Advocacy-General of the Union, also announced this Friday that they had been infected with the virus. They did not participate in the presidential entourage that went to the US. Both are asymptomatic.
The Brazilian Government team’s trip to New York was a source of criticism from the beginning, as the city adopts the health passport for several closed places, such as restaurants and stores. Without having been immunized (one of the few world leaders in this situation), the president took his denial speech inside the UN building, where he defended for the umpteenth time ineffective treatments in a speech aimed at his radical base. Outside the Assembly, he had to eat pizza on the sidewalk because he could not access the interior of restaurants. A steakhouse run by Brazilian businessmen, on the other hand, set up an outdoor tent so that the delegation could have lunch there.
Bolsonaro’s stance was openly criticized by the mayor of New York, Bill de Blasio — who was called a “Marxist” by Eduardo. The Democrat defended the need for proof of immunization for all members of delegations present at the General Assembly, but the vote was lost. On Monday, de Blasio said: “There are strong protocols in place. We need to send a message to all global leaders, including most notably Bolsonaro from Brazil, that if you want to come here, you need to be vaccinated. If you don’t want to get vaccinated, don’t bother coming.”
While Eduardo adopted a more moderate tone regarding the anti-vaccination speech on social media, the president used his Thursday live to criticize them, mentioning cases of immunized people who nevertheless contracted covid-19. Bolsonaro said he knew of two cases close to him: “I’ll call them tomorrow, so they can disclose it,” he said.
This is not the first time that an entourage from the president to the US has suffered from cases of the disease. In 2020, at least 23 people who accompanied Bolsonaro to the country were infected with covid-19, including Bento Albuquerque, minister of mines and energy, and Augusto Heleno, minister of the Institutional Security Cabinet.
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